Providing Reliable Support in Syria

The Salesians of Don Bosco and the Mekhitarist Fathers are among the church initiatives in Syria that walk alongside their suffering people, providing a source of hope and support.

Crises in Syria have forced many Christians to leave their homes in recent years, but the church remains a strong presence for those who have stayed and for non-Christians in need.  

“Despite the risks, war and death, we will never leave,” said Father Georges Fattal, S.D.B. “Wherever there are young people, despite exhaustion, pain and war, we will stay by them to share in their lives.”

The Salesians of Don Bosco and the Mekhitarist Fathers focus their efforts on reaching out to Syria’s youth, helping them connect with their culture and giving them hope for a future in Syria.

“The future of Christians in Aleppo is in God’s hands,” he said.

Hear from Father Fattal and Datevig Najjarian, principal of the Mekhitarist Fathers School, in this video.

Read more about these and other church initiatives in Aleppo, including those run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, in “Firmly Planted” from the December edition of ONE.

Olivia Poust is assistant editor of ONE.

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